Warning after series of break-ins across city

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POLICE are reminding householders to keep their homes secure after a spate of break-ins across Sunderland.

The warning comes after several burglaries have taken place where residents have left doors unlocked and opportunist thieves have struck

Officers want to help people prevent crime and avoid falling foul of opportunist thieves.

Police in Sunderland are advising people to keep their homes secure at all times to prevent sneak-in burglars getting in through unlocked doors or open windows.

The advice forms part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave aimed at stopping opportunist criminals.

Superintendent Jim Napier, from Sunderland, said: “We know it’s tempting, especially when the weather starts to get warmer, to leave doors and windows open, but it only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to try a door handle or further push open a window to help themselves to your valuables.

“These type of offences can happen during the daytime as well as overnight.

“Our message is simple, leaving doors unlocked can present opportunities to criminals, so don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your hard earned property.

“Keep your home safely locked to help prevent crime in your neighbourhood.”